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The 10 Best Movies of 2023 So Far


Embark on a captivating journey through the silver screen’s finest offerings this year. This article provides a curated list of the 10 best movies of 2023 that have made their mark so far. This read is worth your time if you are looking to catch up on great cinema or simply need recommendations for your next movie night.

1. Barbie

Barbie, the world’s most popular fashion icon, has come alive in the movies with Margot Robbie donning the pink shoes. The release of this movie created a chaos all over the world. Theaters were filled with people of all ages dressed in pink from head to toe. The movie is not just about fashion but about self-discovery as well. Barbie, with her companion Ken played by Ryan Gosling, embarked on an adventurous journey to understand what it truly means to be a fashion icon.

In her journey, Barbie discovers that real beauty lies in being unique and embracing imperfections. She learns not just to fit in but to celebrate individuality.The film ends with a powerful message about self-love and acceptance of one’s uniqueness.

2. Oppenheimer

“Oppenheimer” directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Cillian Murphy and Matt Damon is a gripping drama that charts the life and times of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the renowned physicist often referred to as “father of the atomic bomb”. Set against the backdrop of World War II, the movie delves deep into Oppenheimer’s role in the Manhattan Project – the secret research endeavor that led to the development of nuclear weapons.

“Oppenheimer” is a profound examination of a man’s genius, ambition, and the consequential moral fallout that reshaped the 20th century and beyond. It provides an insightful look into the dynamics of science, politics, and ethics, packaged as an intense human drama.

3. Asteroid City

Wes Anderson returns in 2023 with “Asteroid City”. Starring Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, and Tom Hanks. The movie is a visually stunning masterpiece set in a futuristic city in space. The movie explores the complexities of human relationships under the guise of a charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers who set out to retrieve a lost relic..

Wes Anderson’s signature style is evident in every frame of “Asteroid City”. His meticulous attention to detail, coupled with his love for symmetry and eccentric characters, makes the film a visual feast. The film’s color palette is rich and striking, creating a visually captivating cosmic landscape that leaves the audience in awe.

4. A Thousand and One

“A Thousand and One” is an emotional and compelling American drama film written and directed by A.V. Rockwell, starring Teyana Taylor. It is a poignant tale that beautifully captures the essence of survival, resilience and the many faces of womanhood. The film leaves the audience with a profound understanding of the human spirit’s strength in the face of adversity.

The story primarily revolves around Inez, a mother who struggles with her past and tries to create a better future for her son. It is a poignant tale of motherhood, resilience, and redemption, making it a must-watch for those who appreciate deeply touching narratives.

5. Blackberry

“Blackberry” is a captivating film released in 2023 and directed by Matt Johnson. The film explores themes of ambition, integrity, and personal sacrifice through the story of Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsilli. It is a powerful commentary on the intersection of technology and humanity.

This film is a heartwarming tale about love, friendship, and the intersection of tradition and technology. The lead roles are convincingly portrayed by renowned actors who bring depth to their characters. Matt Johnson presents an engaging narrative that beautifully captures the essence of life in a small town while addressing contemporary issues about technology’s place in our lives.

6. Past Lives

“Past Lives” is the directorial debut of Celine Song. Nora and Hae Sung, played by Greta Lee and Teo Yoo, were childhood friends with an inseparable bond, which was torn apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea, their native land.  As the years passed, their connection remained a cherished memory, yet an unfulfilled longing in their hearts.

Two decades later, destiny orchestrates a reunion in the bustling streets of New York. Given one fateful week together, they grapple with the profound notions of destiny, love, and the choices that shape a life.

The movie acquaints international viewers with the Korean Buddhist notion of In-Yun, which refers to the interconnection, fate, or destiny between two individuals. 

7. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” returns with Shameik Moore reprising his role as Miles Morales. This animated sequel directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson is a visual spectacle that explores several layers of fiction with breathtaking action set pieces.

The film is known for its unique animation style, which blends traditional 2D animation with 3D CGI to create a visual experience unlike any other. It’s also praised for its storytelling, which balances humor, heart, and high-stakes action to create a compelling narrative that appeals to both kids and adults alike.

8. Rye Lane

Raine Allen-Miller, in her first-ever directorial effort titled “Rye Lane,” created a buzz at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film revolves around the story of Dom (played by David Jonsson) and Yas (played by Vivian Oparah), who meet by chance in the gender-neutral restroom of an art exhibition. What initially appears to be a complicated and awkward first encounter gradually evolves into an unexpectedly long and eventful date, exploring the challenges of moving on and the exhilaration of instant connections. “Rye Lane” is a delightful romantic comedy that captures the essence of modern relationships.

9. John Wick: Chapter 4

In his quest to overcome his struggles, John Wick (played by Keanu Reeves) discovers uncovers a path to defeating The High Table. However, in order to secure his freedom, Wick must confront a formidable adversary who possesses strong connections worldwide and can even turn former allies into enemies.

As with the previous chapters of the film, revenge is a central theme in “John Wick: Chapter 4”. The story usually unfolds around John seeking retribution for wrongs done to him. The film also revolves around themes like violence and consequences, loyalty and betrayal and survival. The melancholic ending, reminiscent of Logan and the last James Bond film No Time to Die, serves as a reminder that there is more to the movie than mindless action. Overall, “John Wick: Chapter 4” is another unabashed action extravaganza that distinguishes itself by delivering more in almost every aspect compared to its predecessors.

10. Creed III

“Creed III” is the third installment in the popular boxing series that follows the life of Adonis Creed (played by Michael Jordan), the son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed.

In the 2023 movie, Adonis continues to navigate through his life inside and outside of the ring while dealing with new challenges and old rivalries. The film further explores Adonis’s connection with his late father and his struggle to live up to his family’s legacy.

His journey is not only about personal growth but also about understanding the importance of family, friendship, and love. The film also touches on themes like redemption, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of greatness.


In conclusion, 2023 has truly been a cinematic spectacle with an array of movies that have pushed the boundaries of storytelling and film-making. From heart-stirring dramas to adrenaline-pumping thrillers, these ten movies have captivated audiences worldwide and left an indelible mark on cinema this year so far. 

Along with the 10 movies on our list there are several other releases that are worth mentioning.  “The Unknown Country”starring Lily Gladstone,  “They Cloned Tyrone” starring John Boyega, Jamie Foxx and Teyonah Parris, “AIR” with a cast including  Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Viola Davis, “The Beasts” are all movies that also gained a big applause this year.